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This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

The Boston Celtics had no intention of returning to Orlando for Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.

On this date exactly 10 years ago, Paul Pierce made sure of that.

"The Truth" was an absolute force against the Magic in Game 6 of the East Finals on May 28, 2010, scoring 31 points on 9-of-15 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

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The result: A 96-84 Celtics win at TD Garden that eliminated Orlando and punched Boston's ticket to the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics only have one other victory on this date (they're 2-3 on May 28) but it also came during the Big Three era:

May 28, 2008: Kevin Garnett (33 points) and Ray Allen (29 points) carry the load as Boston edges the Detroit Pistons 106-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The C's finish the Pistons off in Game 6 to advance to the Finals.

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This Date In Celtics History: Ray Allen delivers in crunch time for 2010 C's

This Date In Celtics History: Ray Allen delivers in crunch time for 2010 C's

Ray Allen still isn't on great terms with his former Boston Celtics teammates. But they still owe him a debt of gratitude for some big-time plays he made during their deep playoff runs.

Case in point: Game 1 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and Magic in Orlando, exactly 10 years ago Saturday on May 16, 2010.

While the Magic held Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo in check (eight points apiece), Allen stepped up with a game-high 25 points.

He also drilled a clutch 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter and scored five of Boston's last seven points as the C's edged Orlando 92-88 to take a 1-0 series lead.

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Here are two other notable May 16 performances from the C's, who are 3-3 all-time in games played on this date:

May 16, 2012: Rondo drops 23 points, 14 assists and six rebounds as the Celtics roll to a 107-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

May 16, 1976: Dave Cowens (26 points, 11 rebounds) and Charlie Scott (22 points) lead the way for Boston in a pivotal Game 5 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East Finals.

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Celtics-Magic simulation: Can C's extend win streak to double digits?

Celtics-Magic simulation: Can C's extend win streak to double digits?

The NBA season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we may have to wait a while to watch the Boston Celtics again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Celtics action, we'll be using the NBA 2K20 video game to simulate each game on the schedule until they finally return.

PREVIOUS FIVE SIMULATIONS

The Celtics were supposed to be taking on the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Here's how our simulation of that matchup went:

CELTICS STATS

Death, taxes, and Kemba Walker scoring more than 30 points in NBA 2K simulations. Walker was on fire yet again in this one, dropping a game-high 37 points on 13-for-24 shooting. If not for him, the mighty 2K Celtics' nine-game win streak would have been snapped.

Jaylen Brown did his thing as well, contributing 24 points while bringing down eight rebounds and six assists. 

Off the bench, Enes Kanter played a key role with 11 boards.

MAGIC STATS

Seven Magic players scored in double figures and yet it still wasn't enough to end the Celtics' hot streak. Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, and Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 15 points apiece, with Gordon and Vucevic both adding 12 rebounds to their stat lines.

Mo Bamba was a problem for Boston as well, contributing a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds).

TEAM STATS

The Magic actually led this game throughout the first half, and it looked like they may be the ones to finally put an end to Boston's nine-game win streak. Instead, the Celtics surged in the second half to extend that streak to double digits. The defense showed up for the 2K C's when it mattered most.

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 102, Magic 95

The 2K Celtics' biggest test yet will come Sunday when they face off against the first-place Milwaukee Bucks. In our last simulation vs. Milwaukee, the C's fell, 135-116.